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From the editor

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

From reality TV and soap operas, to music videos and movies, people with disability are a glaring omission from all aspects of popular culture. In this edition of Link we delve into the fashion and modelling worlds in search of models with disability, and talk to the UK-based Models of Diversity organisation that is campaigning the fashion industry to embrace models of all abilities.

Sit Down Shut Up

Link loves

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Short films and digital art made by people with learning difficulties will be showcased at the inaugural Sit Down, Shut Up and Watch festival, on in the Barossa Valley from October 31 to November 2.


Letters to Link

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Raison passes with flying colours   -  Holes in the bucket

photo of Kelly Vincent

Removing the barriers

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent asks whether people with disability are represented in democratic decision-making.

Tim Ferguson holding his phon up with out and about app


Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Guide Dogs Victoria helps Singapore’s vision impaired  -  Tim Ferguson gets out and about  -  Get activated  -  Incontinence still a social taboo  -  Saving Energy at Scope  -  Puppy love

BBraver Handrim

Off the shelf

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Sturdy straw -  BBraver Handrim  -  flushable toilet seat covers  -  Push/Pat hand control


A world of difference

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Surgery to lengthen the limbs for people with dwarfism is a controversial topic, writes Carole Lander.

Kelly Knox

Beautiful Girl

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Kelly Knox is a trailblazer. The gorgeous UK model swept to fame in 2008 after winning the BBC television show ‘Britain’s Missing Top Model’, later gracing the pages of leading fashion magazines like Marie Claire, starring in a campaign for UK department store Debenhams, appearing on TV shows like Gok Wan’s ‘How to Look Good Naked’ and strutting her stuff everywhere from Paris to Beijing

Jack Eyres

Model behaviour

Thursday, 25th September 2014

United States department store Nordstrom won praise when it featured three models with disability in its July 2014 catalogue. UK retailer Debenhams also recently featured models with disability in a fashion campaign, as has US designer Carrie Hammer.

Sam Bramham

Training for Success

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Winning medals at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Paralympics and having receiving an OAM for being an exceptional role model to young people, you’d think Sam Bramham would be content to rest on his laurels.

playing sports

Vision impaired kids discover world game

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Children who are vision impaired can now learn to play the world’s most popular sport thanks to an initiative from Blinds Sport Victoria and the Preston Lions Football Club.

Bill hoisting a client to a cargonet behind

Travel still a dream for many

Thursday, 25th September 2014

The tourism industry has a long way to go in recognising and meeting the needs of travellers with disability, according to accessible tourism expert Bill Forrester.

Mitchell Satcey holding one of his ribbons

Leisure Options helps athletes achieve Special Olympics dreams

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Melbourne-based tour operator Leisure Options, who specialise in travel for people with disability, is sponsoring two athletes to compete at this year’s Special Olympics.

Sarah Sherwood standing with her horse

Athletes gear up for Special Olympics

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Athletes from across Australia are preparing for Special Olympics Australia’s flagship event, the 10th Special Olympics National Games, to be hosted in Melbourne from October 20 to 25.


Houseboat heaven

Thursday, 25th September 2014

If a leisurely cruise down South Australia’s Murray River sounds like the perfect getaway, then disability care provider SACARE may be able to help.

photo of whale tail in the sunset

Designing the perfect holiday

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Whether you want to explore San Fransico and Disneyland, experience the excitement of the Melbourne Cup or discover the unspoilt beauty of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, Clubmates Travel are experts in creating holidays for people with

clients enjoy the trip of a lifetime

Smooth Sailing

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Thinking of going on a cruise for the first time?  Robert De Pasquale, from accessible cruising specialists Wheelie Good Cruises, tells us the top mistakes that virgin cruisers make and how to avoid them.

photo of Martin Heng

Preparation is key

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Research is the golden rule when it comes to travelling with a disability. Lonely Planet’s Accessible Travel Manager and Editorial Advisor, Martin Heng, who is a C4/5 quadriplegic, shares his advice.

Koala from the Koala Conservation Centre

Access all areas

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Keen to discover more of Australia? Accessible tourism expert Bill Forrester gives his tips on attractions that offer both great facilities and a unique experience that can be enjoyed by people of all abilities.

Accessibility Weekend

Accessibility Weekend 2014

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Taking place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November, Accessibility Weekend celebrates the importance of access and inclusion in the community.

Marayke with a camel in Egypt

The world at my wheels

Thursday, 25th September 2014

A wheelchair is just one of the modes of transport available to people with limited mobility, writes intrepid traveller and Paralympian Marayke Jonkers.

designs_fashion designer Izzy Camiller

Adaptive fashion as art

Thursday, 25th September 2014

An exhibition featuring adaptive fashion by internationally acclaimed fashion designer Izzy Camilleri is currently showing at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Canada.

image example of work from Izzys website

Rethinking adaptive fashion

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Adaptive fashion isn’t usually associated with fashion-forward, cutting-edge design - or is it? Meet celebrated designer Izzy Camilleri, who is rethinking adaptive fashion.

models wearing Stephanie Alves designs

Jeans for all

Thursday, 25th September 2014

They say there’s nothing as comfortable as an old pair of jeans - unless you have mobility issues. United States fashion designer Stephanie Alves has come to the rescue.

Petal Back Clothing examples

Fashion favourites

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Need some inspiration for your spring wardrobe? Then take a look at what’s happening in adaptive fashion.

Belle Brockhoff holding a Beyond Blue banner

Happiness beyond the blue

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Having come eighth in the snowboard cross at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi - Australia’s best ever result in this event - Belle Brockhoff is on a high. However, it hasn’t always been this way. The beyondblue ambassador shares her story with Link.

checking in app ad

A friendly ear

Thursday, 25th September 2014

A mobile app released by beyondblue makes it easier for young people to have important conversations with friends who they
are concerned may be experiencing depression or anxiety.

Are you ok?

Monday, 29th September 2014

Three little words could make all the difference for someone struggling with life, says non-profit organisation R U OK?

Crisis Support Chat ambassador, Omar Dean

Taking control

Monday, 29th September 2014

X-Factor contestant Omar Dean has joined Lifeline as an ambassador for its national Online Crisis Support Chat service.

black dog cartoon

When work gets you down

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Link asked the Black Dog Institute to offer advice on how workplaces can reduce mental illness at work

ABC goes Mental As

ABC goes Mental As

Thursday, 25th September 2014

The ABC is attempting to raise more than $1 million for mental health research as part of its week-long ‘Mental As’ initiative.

woman with a drum

Music and Deafness

Monday, 29th September 2014

Music may not be an obvious hobby for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired but there are members of the Deaf community enjoying music at every level, discovers music journalist Anthea Skinner.

Fun for all at new Brisbane playground

Monday, 29th September 2014

A new all-abilities playground in Brisbane City Botanic Gardens is proving popular with families.


Wednesday, 24th September 2014

On the nose - Wholistic cancer care aids wellbeing - Type 1 diabetes breakthrough


Bedford and Phoenix to join

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Two of South Australia’s leading disability organisations – Bedford Group and Phoenix Society – have announced plans to join forces. The move comes at an important time with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planned to take full effect in South Australia in 2016. 

Image to story one - Walk with me - Novita Ambassadors John Hughes and Trent Goodrem with Novita President Andrew Downing.

Social Scene

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Walk with me - 2014 Autism SA Recognition Awards - Youngcare Y Women Lunch